Contributors: Bria Irizarry, Colleen Gunning and Ryan Killen
At the end of yet another week of game changes and re-scheduling, the Cavalier basketball programs have a Friday night of competition to look forward to. Both teams will honor their seniors in a short ceremony in Kirby Gym prior to their matchups vs. Research Triangle High School. The boys basketball team heads into Friday’s game with a 6–4 record and will honor seniors Toby Harris, Henry Leasure, Sean Perkins, Alex Pfeil, Cole Sinclair and Blake Smith. The girls team, which is also 6–4 on the season entering Friday’s contest, will honor seniors Ameya Bellamkonda, Mary-Katherine Bryant and Amelia Kass.
The DA swim team recognizes senior Anna Brent-Levenstein for her contributions to the team in and out of the pool this season. Both the boys and girls swim teams are in the final week of competition as they prepare for next week’s Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference (TISAC) meet.
As we head into the last few weeks of the winter season, you can follow along with the action at home and also find links to away games on our livestream page.
DA fell 78–59 to Carmel Christian School on Friday. It was a valiant effort by the Cavs as they faced one of the best teams in the country.
Senior Henry Leasure got the scoring started for the Cavs by hitting a baseline jumper, but Carmel Christian started to pull away and led 21–8 at the close of the first quarter. The Cougars maintained that advantage, carrying a 32–16 lead into halftime.
The Cavs came out in the second half with a burst of energy. Senior Cole Sinclair, after a frustrating shooting performance in his last game, began to attack the Carmel basket, earning lots of trips to the free-throw line, where he almost always converted. Sinclair then started to catch fire from deep and ended up scoring 13 points in just a couple of minutes to cut the Cougars’ lead to 10 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, senior Toby Harris converted a couple of tough put-backs and Sinclair continued to light up the scoreboard to keep the Cavs within striking distance. After a rough start to the game, the Cavs traded blows with an extremely talented Carmel Christian team for the better part of three quarters. In fact, up until the final seconds, the Cavs outscored the Cougars in the second half. Harris and Sinclair combined for an impressive 55 points (Sinclair 35, Harris 20) on the night, but it was not quite enough for the win.
On Tuesday, DA defeated Wake Christian on the road 58–36. The score was tied up at 14 after the first quarter, but the Cavs went on a 36–11 run over the next two quarters to cement the victory.
Sinclair scored a game-high 25 on the night, picking up right where he left off vs. Carmel Christian. Harris had 17 points and 11 boards. In the span of about two minutes, the Cavs went on an 11–0 run, largely thanks to Harris, who made a three-pointer to go along with three incredible dunks. Harris went on to throw another slam down in the fourth quarter to give him four dunks on the night.
The varsity girls basketball team is on a four-game winning streak after two dominating performances over conference opponents Saint Mary’s School and Wake Christian Academy. The Cavs are now 6–4 on the season and have moved to third place in the TISAC standings.
In Thursday’s road game vs. Saint Mary’s, the DA offense was ready to go from the first whistle. Ninth-grader Lauren Walsh sparked the Cavs’ first scoring run, hitting three three-pointers in the second quarter to give the team a 17-point lead at halftime. Walsh finished the night with 15 points, three rebounds and three assists. Eighth-grader McKenzie Graves continued to push the ball up the floor in transition for quick second-half points to further strengthen the DA lead. Graves ended with 12 points, three rebounds and five assists. Sophomores Kendall Harris and Mariam Abdelbarr each added 10 points while pulling down eight and six rebounds, respectively. Scores from senior Amelia Kass and junior Brooke Epstein solidified the 58–31 win over the Saints.
DA carried the same energy on offense into the following game at Wake Christian Academy on Tuesday night. The Cavs jumped out to a double-digit lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Harris led all scorers with 17 points, five rebounds and two assists, and was followed by Walsh with 11 points and two assists. Abdelbarr was strong on both ends of the floor, adding seven points, four rebounds and seven steals. Balanced contributions from every rostered player proved too much for the Bulldogs to handle as DA cruised to a 54–11 win.
The Cavs are back in Kirby Gym at 5:30 p.m. Friday for Senior Night vs. Research Triangle High School.
The girls swim team just barely fell short in a meet with Ravenscroft on Tuesday, losing 49–43. The DA girls won the 200-yard medley relay. Individually, seventh-grader Audrey Crowder won the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly. Sophomore Spencer Jennings won both the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle. Lastly, seventh-grader Catherine Hall came through with an impressive first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke. The TISAC conference meet is next Thursday.
The boys swim team fell 72–22 to Ravenscroft on Tuesday. The Cavs’ lone second-place relay finish came in the 200-yard medley. Individually, the guys had a few runners-up, but junior Stewart Roessler’s victory in the 100-yard freestyle was the Cavs’ lone individual first-place finish of the meet. The TISAC conference meet is next Thursday.
Keeping up with the Cavs
As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the Durham Academy App (available on the Apple App Store).
- For a list of all teams, their schedules and directions to games, visit www.da.org/teams.
- Click on an individual team to subscribe to automatic alerts about athletics results, postponements and cancellations, calendar and athletic event reminders. You can also import team schedules into your electronic calendars.
- All information about the daily athletics schedule is also available on DA’s Athletics Hotline: 919-489-2534 (ext. 5).
The DA App: Schedules and Results
- The DA App allows you to keep up with athletics wherever you are. You can download the app from iTunes at http://bit.ly/DACavaliers. The DA App pulls athletics content directly from the DA website and delivers it to iOS-based devices including iPhone and iPad.
- The Athletics portion of the DA App (after launching, click Menu, then click Athletics to open) features results of recent games, a list of upcoming contests and team records.